Internal Medicine Faculty Awarded Mini Research Grants

Three faculty members have each been awarded a mini research grant from the Internal Medicine Research Committee (IMRC). The grants, totaling $12,250, are awarded to encourage faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine to become more familiar with clinical and translational research and to pursue preliminary data for novel research ideas.

The 2017 IMRC grant awardees and their projects are:

Sumit Gaur, M.D. (Not Pictured)

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology

“Clinical and Pathological Features of Epstein-Barr Virus-associated Gastric Carcinoma at the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Single Institution Study.”

Subrata Kar, M.D. (Pictured)

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

“Outcomes of Ultrasound Guidance Ulnar Versus Radial Cardiac Catheterization Before Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.”


Alexander Philipovskiy, M.D. (Pictured)

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology

“Testing Adherence of Hispanic/Latino Breast Cancer Patients to Adjuvant Aromatase Inhibitors (AAIs) Using MMAS-8 Survey (Morisky Medication Adherence Scale; 8-itmes).”


“These seed awards provide exceptional opportunities for our faculty to take their concepts and ideas to the next level,” said Jerzy Sarosiek, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the IMRC and vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine. “When faculty are contemplating embarking on novel research, they struggle with the question, ‘Can I successfully do it?’ After one year of gathered experience with our grants, I am sure they will know the answer, in the majority of cases, is ‘Yes.’”

The IMRC’s ultimate goal is to provide awardees an advantage when competing for external funding opportunities.

Since its establishment, the IMRC has provided mini seed grants to 20 Department of Internal Medicine faculty members. The IMRC is composed of Debabrata Mukherjee, M.D., Irene Sarosiek, M.D., Richard W. McCallum, M.D., Dr. Diego De La Mora, M.D., Sean Connery, and Dr. Sarosiek.